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Crazy Rooks
Compiled by Sneaky

When you're about to lose the game, sometimes a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a stalemate. Your last mobile piece--a rook--hurls itself at the enemy king screaming "take me!"

A crazy-rook endgame followed by an elegant stalemate swindle.
E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

Evans' famous "Swindle of the Century" ends with suicidal rook.
Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

El Torre Loco! But the bullfighter dodges the insane beast!
O Chajes vs R B Estera, 1913 
(A84) Dutch, 55 moves, 0-1

The Crazy Rook fails where the king can make luft.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 67 moves, 1-0

More fun than a spite check: a blizzard of spite checks!
Cordel / Minckwitz / Allies vs Anderssen / Goering / Allies, 1871 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 67 moves, 1-0

DeFirmian almost swindles Christiansen with a Crazy Rook
L Christiansen vs de Firmian, 1985 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 77 moves, 1-0

Crazy Castle Carousel: round and round she goes...
Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kamikaze chess salvages half a point.
Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

A computer's rook goes crazy due to technical anomalies!
Deep Junior vs Deep Fritz, 2001 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 109 moves, 1-0

When the King is frozen, the Rook turns psychotic.
K Wockenfuss vs Andersson, 1977 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

White misses the Crazy Rook (37.Bxe4!!) and resigns instead.
F J Perez Perez vs Ivkov, 1962 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 36 moves, 0-1

Crazy castle goes cuckoo for coco puffs.
Miles vs Rachels, 1989 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Only crazy for a single move, but that's all it takes!
W Fuller vs L Basin, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Easiest way to force a draw.
Cmilyte vs Lagno, 2012 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

46.Bb3!! a shot only a computer would think of
Shredder vs Gull, 2013 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

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